WICHITA FALLS, Texas (December 15, 2015) – Three members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo football team earned D2CCA All-America First Team honors, released Wednesday by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America. Seniors Morgan Fox (DL, Fountain, Colo.), Zach Martinez (OL, Redlands, Calif.) and Cameron McDondle (RB, Littleton, Colo.) all received the nod.
The ThunderWolves were one of two teams with three first team award winners and accounted for three of the eight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference student-atheltes on the list.
CSU-Pueblo football has now reeled in 39 All-America awards since brining football back as an intercollegiate sport in 2008.
Ferris State (Mich.) senior quarterback Jason Vander Laan and Grand Valley State (Mich.) senior defensive end Matt Judon highlighted the 2015 D2CCA All-America squad as Ron Lenz Players of the Year.
The D2CCA All-America teams are nominated and voted upon by the Division II football sports information directors.
Started all 14 games at left tackle … D2CCA All-Super Region Four First Team ... All-RMAC First Team member ... Helped guide a ThunderWolves rushing attack that ranks sixth nationally with 291.0 yards per game … Contributed to Pack rushing attack that became just the fourth in NCAA Division II history to produce both a 2,000 yard rusher and a 1,000 yard rusher in the same season … Guided Harlon Hill finalist running back Cameron McDondle and combined with brother Bernard McDondle for an NCAA record for rushing yards by two backs on the same team (3,674 yards) ... The offensive line allowed 19 sacks (-128 yards) to rank No. 29 nationally (1.36 in sacks per game) ... A two-time all-region performer and three-time All-RMAC First Team member.
Honored as a Harlon Hill Trophy finalist ... D2CCA All-Super Region Four First Team ... RMAC Offensive Player of the Year and an All-RMAC First Team selection ... Ranks second in NCAA Division II in rushing yards (2,235), rushing yards per game (171.9) and rushing touchdowns (24) ... Sits third nationally in rush yards per carry (7.4), sixth in all-purpose yards (177.85) and 10th in scoring (11.1) ... The yards total in 2015 is a program record, while he also owns the program record for touchdowns in a season (24) and in a career (60) ... Holds the single-season scoring record (144) and Oct. 24 against then-No. 7 Colorado School of Mines, he rushed for 308 yards, a new program best ... His total rushing yards this season ranks eighth on NCAA Division II all-time season yards list, while it is second most on the RMAC single-season chart ... His rushing touchdowns total is fourth in a single season in conference history ... Named NFF-Colorado Chapter Player of the Week three times and RMAC Offensive Player of the Week twice.
With 5,951 career rushing yards he is the program's leader, second all-time in the RMAC and 16th all-time in NCAA Division II ... He finished his career with 126.6 yards per game, 56 rushing touchdowns and 6.6 yards per carry (897 carries).
Honored as the runner-up for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award ... Selected to the AFCA All-America Team ... D2CCA All-Region First Team Defense … Named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and All-RMAC First Team ... Leads the nation in sacks per game with 1.42, while the 128 sack yards is first nationally ... In 12 games he totaled 17.0 sacks to rank second in Division II and his 15 solo sacks was second ... Sits 17th nationally with 1.8 tackles for loss per game and has totaled 21.5 tackles for loss resulting in -137 yard (third nationally) ... Finished the season with 52 tackles (32 solo), forced and recovered a fumble and added one pass break-up ... Posted five multi-sack games, which included three sacks on three occasions ... Totaled a career-high 10 tackles (five solo), 3.5 tackles for loss (-23 yards and two sacks (-20 yards) at West Texas A&M ... During the regular season, Fox was named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week twice and NFFCC Player of the Week once ... Member of a Pack defense that ranks second nationally in interceptions (24), fourth in scoring defense (15.8), 11th in rushing defense (94.6) and 20th in sacks per game (3.0).
Owns the program record for sacks in a season (17) and career (36) ... 164 career tackles (82 solo) ... 49.5 tackles for loss (-276 yards) and -250 yards from sacks ... Four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles ... 11 break-ups.
THUNDERWOLVES IN 2015
The ThunderWolves went 12-2 overall for their third 12-plus win season in the last four years. The Pack went a perfect 9-0 for the fourth time in the last five years to earn their fifth consecutive RMAC Championship.
CSU-Pueblo earned the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Playoffs and made its fifth straight appearance in the Division II postseason Nov. 21. The ThunderWolves hosted No. 5-seed University of Indianapolis in the first round and won 27-14, then took to the road for their first-ever true road game in the playoffs. The Pack traveled to No. 1-seed Midwestern State University and downed the Mustangs 26-17 to earn a spot in the quarterfinals for the third time in the last four years. CSU-Pueblo suffered a 31-7 loss to No. 6-seed Grand Valley State University in the game at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl, to close the season and end the defense of the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship.
MORE ABOUT THE D2CCA
The Ron Lenz National Player of the Year award was named for long time South Dakota State sports information director Ron Lenz in 2008. Lenz was instrumental in the foundation of the Daktronics (now D2CCA) NCAA Division II All-America program.
The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education. The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.